analyze Laurel Rust’s essay

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Questions needed to be answered:

Your first task is to analyze Laurel Rust’s essay, “Another Part of the Country.”What does this essay indicate about “communication and gerontology?”Comment on stereotypes it confirms and challenges; the significance of verbal and nonverbal messages, content and relationship language.What is the communicative construction of relationships for “Amy?”How is she constructed (construed, understood, framed, “seen”) by and through the medical gaze of the nursing home, the hospital, and various caregivers?How does the essay work to construct “Amy” through the gaze of Rust’s narration?How does labeling and the effects of labeling on behavioral performance apply to this account with respect to insight into Amy’s behaviors?

Your second task is to discuss Sobchack’s essay, “Revenge of the Leech Woman,” in terms of “confirming and disconfirming” culturally constructed messages about “aging.”Do you relate to Sobchack’s observations with regard to discovering her own “fears” about aging?Where and how does this essay fit as “reminiscence?”

Your third task focuses on Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s essay “Sex Education,” which raises several questions about narrative, memory, and context.What are the three versions of Aunt Minnie’s instructive story?What prompts the three tellings, and why is the story different in each telling?How do you explain the changes in perspective?Are there positive and/or negative consequences to the reminiscence(s) of this story?To whom?And if so, how so?

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